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Monthly Favourites [NOVEMBER EDITION] ~Cruelty Free~

Pixi Glow Mist 

I haven’t had the Pixi Glow Mist for a long time (6 weeks to be precise) but already I’ve nearly finished my first bottle, and boy am I in love!

This mist is enriched with amazing ingredients, including 13 natural oils and aloe vera, and a few spritz instantly refreshes my skin and leaves it feeling hydrated and glowing (You may get sick of the word ‘Glow’ by the end of this post ha!)

I usually use this as the first step of my evening skincare routine beneath my moisturizer, but occasionally I will also use it in the morning. The mist can also be used as a setting spray if you want a dewy finish to your makeup, which is a look I’ve been enjoying recently. It provides a healthy youthful sheen, and doesn’t separate the base products, which I thought it might do as it contains oils.

Occasionally if I’m having a day at home and don’t fancy going through my entire skincare routine, I will simply apply this on its own, and it actually keeps my skin feeling moisturized all day. So if your skin doesn’t require deep moisturisation or you simply want to apply something light, then this can be all you need for a quick rejuvenating boost.

I know some people are very particular about the way mists spray, so I’m happy to say that the nozzle is super smooth, isn’t too strong and doesn’t spit at you, which is really just the cherry on the top of the cake! Just remember to shake the bottle before use to mix the oils that sit on top with the other liquids.

You need this glow mist in your skincare routine! I’ve already purchased a backup bottle!

Amount: 80ml | Price: £16 | Where to buy: Pixi | Cult Beauty | ASOS | M&S | House of Fraser

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder (Golden Sand 01)

This highlighter is absolutely stunning. It is by far one of the best finds of the month! It comes in a sleek compact, with a handy mirror, that fits perfectly in the palm of the hand.

Personally I’m not a fan of highlighters with huge chunks of glitter, as I prefer my cheekbones to glow rather than sparkle, and that’s exactly what this highlighter does…it GLOWS! The powder is finely milled which results in a wet, mirror shine look. Opaque pigmentation can be achieved in one swipe, but you can also tap your brush in lightly on days where you don’t want your highlight to be seen from space.

I recommend using a setting spray after applying powders to the face as it helps the products melt into the skin beautifully and it reveals the glow even further.

This highlighter is seriously as good as the ones I have from Becca, and it’s a fraction of the price! The swatch above simply doesn’t do it any justice!

(NOTE: I also have this highlighter in the shade Peach Pearl 02, and I must say I’m not a huge fan. Pink highlighters generally don’t tend to suit my skintone, but also the formula just isn’t as pigmented and creamy as Golden Sand. Just an FYI!)

Amount: 5.5g | Price: £8.99 | Where to buy: Models Own

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Speaking of setting sprays, the Urban Decay All Nighter has been my favourite for a while now.

I don’t wear a full face of makeup often, but when I do it’s usually for a special occasion so I really want my makeup to stay put. This spray does exactly as advertised. It locks the products in place and leaves them looking as good at the end of the night as they did at the beginning.

As mentioned in the above review of the Models Own highlighter, one of the best things about setting sprays is that they allow powder products to melt in beautifully, and become at one with the skin rather than just sit on top of it. If you ever feel like your makeup looks powdery or the products look obviously harsh against the skin then give your face a quick spritz.

The nozzle can be a little harsh, so I don’t recommend holding the bottle too close as you apply so you don’t end up with large droplets on the face. Also, can we talk about the smell? This doesn’t smell pleasant. Thankfully it doesn’t linger once applied though.

Occasionally I do have drier skin, so my makeup can start to look a little dry and powdery throughout the day. Therefore I carry the travel size spray in my purse to quickly rejuvenate my look again. This one comes in a 30ml sized bottle, in a very convenient size and shape that fits in my ridiculously small occasion bags.

Amount: 118ml | Price: £23.50 | Where to buy: Urban Decay | Debenhams | Feel Unique | House of Fraser | John Lewis

Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick (Rum Punch/Colada/Siesta)

I have this lipstick in three beautiful nude shades that I promise don’t all look the same! The packaging is a bright blue and white marble pattern that is very eye-catching and it seems each tube has a unique pattern.

Although I generally prefer a matte lip, I really like the subtle sheen of the cream finish on these lipsticks. I swear it makes my lips look a little more plump! All three shades have opaque pigmentation in one coat. They glide on the lips evenly and smoothly even though it’s a thicker formula than other lipsticks I own. They aren’t drying and are comfortable to wear and last for around 5 hours, and fade slightly on the inside of the lips after I eat, so a top-up throughout the day is necessary.

(Left to right: Rum Punch, Colada & Siesta)

Let’s begin with Rum Punch; a warm pinky beige that is a hair away from being too pale for my skintone but thankfully it works when paired with a darker lip liner underneath. That’s a good trick to use if you feel like a lipstick is washing your face out a little. It also looks great on the centre of the lips on top of a darker shade for that ombre look.

Colada is a warm peachy brown. I wore this shade with an orange smokey eye for a friend’s wedding and it complimented the eye makeup beautifully. It also works really well as an everyday shade, although it does sink into lip lines slightly so I recommend wearing on top of a lip liner.

And finally, Siesta; a warm medium brown, that is perfect as it isn’t too warm, too dark or too ”90’s”. I like a good 90’s lip, but I prefer my browns to be a little more subtle. It has plummy undertones which make it a more wearable shade of brown that will suit many skintones.

I’ll definitely be grabbing a few more shades from this stunning collection!

Amount: 3.4g | Price: £20 | Where to buy: Tarte | QVC

theBalm Girls Getaway Trio Palette

You guys already know I’m a massive fan of theBalm’s blushes. I included the shade ‘Frat Boy’ in my October favourites.

There are so many reasons why these are the only blushes in my makeup collection! The colour range is beautiful and there’s a suitable shade for every skintone, pigmentation is easily build-able, texture is soft & silky, application is flawless and they last all day!

Now let me talk you through the shades in this trio palette:

Balm Springs is a medium coral shade with warm undertones, and a semi-matte finish. This is the perfect shade for every season that picks up and applies flawlessly with a brush, and adds that subtle wash of colour to your cheeks, that can be built up easily for more intensity.

Balm Beach is a soft pink, also with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. At first I was disappointed with this shade as upon the initial swatch it appeared to be too pale for my skintone, but the trick is to build the colour up. Balm Beach is definitely more suitable for lighter-medium skintones, and is the kind of colour that complements a multitude of different looks and isn’t overwhelming, so is perfect for everyday wear.

Last but certainly not least we have Balm Desert, a medium bronzer with a more satin/luminous finish. The finish gives off a beautifully radiant glow, that isn’t frosted/glittery/shimmery or overpowering in any way. Balm Desert is very pigmented and a little goes a long way, but the silky smooth texture means this bronzer is a dream to blend out.

This palette, in the UK, is currently only sold at Debenhams, but these shades are also available in individual pans in other stores.

Amount: 3.3g EACH | Price: £21.50 | Where to buy: Debenhams

 

So these are my November beauty favourites! Let me know what you’ve been loving this month in the comment section below.



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